A Memoir : Vintage Wisdom for A Modern Geek

Book - 2014
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"Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at "pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren't paid to be here," Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780525426813
Branch Call Number: TEEN 155.533 WAG
Characteristics: 259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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ArapahoeJenny Apr 12, 2017

A great story about the meaning of being "popular". Both adults and teenagers will be inspired by Maya's story.

Jul 27, 2016

The most amazing non-fiction book I have ever read! I don't typically like non-fiction books but this was super moving and inspirational. It reads like a fiction book, but the fact that it is a true story makes it even more amazing. I think every middle school girl should read this book. Nothing but good things to say about this book!

Dec 03, 2014

Just as she's beginning eighth grade, Maya discovers a copy of a 1950s popularity guide in a storage box. Finding her own social status to be lacking, she vows to devote each month of the new school year to a chapter from the book, wholeheartedly following its advice, and then assess whether her popularity is changing. 'Popular' is a quick, charming read. Maya's youth and inexperience in writing show through occasionally, but are easily forgiven as she candidly describes her peers' reactions when she arrives at school one morning wearing a full-length skirt and pearls. Her parents are almost unbelievably supportive, and one scene with her father had me laughing out loud (a rarity). I admired Maya's courage and gumption; to do what she did took some serious guts, more than I ever had at that age.


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Jul 27, 2016

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Jul 13, 2014

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